Surviving Darfur: African Refugee Life

National Geographic News Photograph: Sudanese Refugee Boy in Chad, Africa
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Between refugee camps, July 15, 2004

A Sudanese boy poses with a hoop-and-stick toy in front of a convoy of trucks taking refugees from Bahai, Chad, to Oure Cassoni, a camp in Chad that opened three days earlier.

Since fighting broke out between rebel groups and government-backed militias in the Darfur region of western Sudan in 2003, an estimated 200,000 people have been killed or have died of starvation or disease. Atrocities attributed to the militias, known as the Janjaweed, include the burning and looting of villages, and large-scale killings, torture, and rape. The violence has forced more than 2.2 million people to flee their homes.

Soon after the start of the violence, photojournalist and aid worker Hilhne Caux began making repeated trips to the Darfur region to help establish refugee camps, while documenting the lives of the displaced.

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—Photograph by Hilhne Caux
 
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